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How to design a room that grows with your child.

Kids grow so fast, so make use of these clever design tips to ensure their bedrooms keep up with them.

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1. Buy a crib that converts into a bed
Cots and cribs can be really big investments, so it’s a waste when, after a couple of years, your child is too big for it. The secret is to buy one that converts into a toddler’s bed for maximum longevity.

2. Choose a neutral colour scheme
Nurseries and toddler’s rooms usually feature soft pastels that have a calming effect, while teens prefer brighter, bolder colours that reflect their personalities. For furniture, curtains and walls, stick to neutral colours such as white, beige and grey and finishes like natural wood. This way you can update the room over the years by simply changing the less expensive items like scatters, storage baskets and art.

3. Include furniture that evolves
When your child goes to school, a desk is handy for art projects and homework. As they get older, it’s a place to study. But a desk can become a dressing table, simply by adding a mirror above it. Include storage like shelving and lots of drawers for stationery, art supplies and makeup.

4. Make smart furniture choices
Bunk beds are fun when you’re eight years old, but less cool when you’re 16. Invest in furniture that’s designed for adults and you won’t have to replace it every couple of years.

5. Don’t splurge on soft furnishings
Don’t spend a lot on items like bedding, rugs and scatters that get grubby over time. Rather replace them with new inexpensive accessories when they start looking shabby. This way the room will always stay on trend.

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